Loving DallasSeries: Neon Dreams #2
by Caisey Quinn
Published by HarperCollins, William Morrow on June 16th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Dallas Lark is so close to achieving his dream of making it big in country music that he can taste it. Arriving in Nashville after signing with sexy, successful manager Mandy Lantram, his life goes from tragedy and turmoil to one lucky break after another—except it isn’t really luck because Dallas has sacrificed everything for his career, leaving behind his band, sister, best friend, and high school sweetheart, Robyn, in the pursuit of fame.
Robyn Breeland is a successful marketing coordinator and promotions specialist for a thriving liquor distributor out of Texas. She loves every aspect of her job: coming up with new ideas, traveling, hosting promotional parties and exclusive events—until it brings her face-to-face with the man who broke her heart, prompting her to erect a steel cage around it.
When their paths collide and they’re forced to work together, Dallas and Robyn realize that the old spark they thought they’d extinguished might still be a burning flame.
I did not, did not, DID NOT like Dallas Lark in Leaving Amarillo, the first book in Caisey Quinn’s Neon Dreams series. The guy was a bossy, self absorbed, drill sergeant of a big brother to Dixie, his younger sister. I dreaded picking up this book number two for so many reasons but none of them held any whiskey by the time I finished this in yet again record time. As usual, it takes the woman to make the man…
In this case, the man needs some work. Dallas Lark has just left his band in the dust and is heading on the road to be a solo act. He just landed the gig of a lifetime, opening for a big name country singer on his big tour. Dallas is happy, he’s worked hard for this, this is where he always wanted to be. But at the same time he’s lonely and he’s got a bit of writer’s block…
Enter in the woman! Completely by coincidence, the main sponsor of the tour is the company Dallas’ high school sweetheart works for. The girl who broke Dallas’ heart. Or did Dallas break Robyn’s heart? I couldn’t keep it straight but I do believe that’s how it’s meant to be in the story. It’s completely a “he said, she said” as to why they broke up. I know the score but you won’t unless you get to the end of the story!
Starting out with that typical storyline, “what the hell are you doing here?”, the story quickly turned into so much more than that. I think Robyn really made the story for me. She ended up being more than just a side character added in to match up with Dallas. She is all spunk, independence, and a bit of OCD. She is one woman who needs to relax her routine.
I’ve said it before but it bears repeating, Casey Quinn can write a sex scene! She did not hold anything back when it came to Dallas. Again, I thought I’d be let down by the “drill sergeant” (pun completely intended). I was not… and neither was Robyn ∗ba dum dum∗
Seriously, though, I’m really beginning to see what Ms. Quinn’s style of writing is and she’s one to not hold back. She’ll take a story and push it farther than you think it should go. When you think it’ll be close to the HEA, there will be just one more obstacle that you forgot needs taking care of. Or she’ll throw an obstacle in NOT just for giggles, but because it’ll make the romance that much sweeter when Dallas and Robyn finally get their HEA.
Which they do… don’t worry about having to wait for another book (torture)…